It’s hard to pinpoint when packing for a trip turned from a few new tees and a pair of denim cut-offs to its own form of high fashion. Official international Resort collections have been around for a while, but they weren’t always quite so literal. Nowadays, the spring/summer shows, as well as the subsequent capsule Cruise collections spawn a whole new genre of fantastical dressing. Wears for intrepid whimsy…whether you’re going anywhere or not.
This is lifestyle fashion that is marked by trend, but mostly fills a kind of romantic this-is-my-best-life uniform. A non-seasonal-seasonal dressing – for want of a better oxymoron. Perhaps this redefining of out-of-office-mode came about because of social media’s ability to stream its wistful temptation direct to our mundane breakfast tables. Images of glorious wears in glorious locales we vicariously mull over while standing on the train platform or waiting in the coffee queue.
Resort is fast becoming the most wearable and covetable of all fashion skews. To conjure an image, this style functions satin trousers in fabulous prints with floaty shirting in premium organic linen. It approves lightweight party heels with preppy casuals and encourages top-of-the-range trainers to sidle up to indulgent silk maxi-dresses. When we mentally pack for this pipe dream we include the best our wardrobe has to offer. Resort becomes our own personal curation for the runway show in our holiday-dreams.
This season, resort is reaching fever pitch, and here in Australia we’re peaking the trend. As a country, our whole lifestyle is arguably cruise-ready. We rep an outdoorsy brand that blends chic cafe-society with a need for clothes we can just get things done in. This is fashion, un-stitched, so to speak. Pieces you can live in but still spark fresh fire in our fashionable hearts.
If you want to peruse the best that chic-on-a-cruise-ship has to offer, look no further than the summer collection from US designer Tory Burch. Burch is known for her engaging prints and feminine silhouettes, ones that perfectly lend themselves to the modern poolside. This range makes a strong case for wild prints worn head-to-toe, nautically-screened structured basics and must-have accessories that drive up the luxury factor. As the head of a formidable design house that has offered high-yet-wearable couture for over 15 years, Burch knows a thing or two about servicing the vacation-conscious fashionista. Even her design for Tuesday’s Met Gala on actress Kerry Washington blended a spectacular, embroidered layered silk skirt with a simple white cotton tank. The perfect recipe for red-carpet-resort.
Burch’s first class aesthetic has become synonymous with weekends in Hamptons, jet-plane-arrivals in Ibiza, cocktails on the French Rivieria and now, casual-chic sundowners in Bondi, or Margaret River or Kingscliff here in Australian. Shop the collection via the exclusive GRAZIA/Tory Burch editorial below and you might just find yourself converted to destination sartorialism…whether you’re boarding for Barbados or just waiting for your latte and Vegemite toast.